An innovative approach to artistic design in the field of textiles, embracing history, art, economics and geography. Measured comparison between the two fundamentally different disciplines of textile design and painting opens new fields of study.
With fascinating insights into the world of painting and Anatolian carpets, the section of the catalogue dedicated to Crivelli and Brera analyzes Carlo Crivelli’s in-depth study of carpets which he then applies to his paintings. From a project that was part of the Brera Art Gallery bicentennial celebrations programme, the MATAM cultural association has produced a publication on Carlo Crivelli and textiles. From the history of carpets in Anatolia, to a reconstruction of the trading links that brought them to Italy from the near East, with a special focus on the Marche area in the 15th century. There is an overview of how textiles are represented in Crivelli’s works and that of his contemporaries, followed by a study of similar representations in Venetian paintings, given the close contacts between the Venetian and Marche artists of the time. This clarifies the underlying theme of the whole book: that studying paintings helps study carpets and vice versa. The volume ends with some chemical and physical analysis and 20 factfiles on textiles and carpets.